AIS announces pair promoted; each named chief engineer


ROME — Assured Information Security (AIS) recently announced two promotions of staff members.

Eric Thayer and Michael Sieffert have been named chief engineers. They will lead research and drive innovation by building the company’s network of technical talent, overseeing the Internal Research & Development (IRAD) Program, advising on patents, publications and white papers and supporting the development of AIS’s technology roadmap.

Thayer joined AIS in 2002 and has 24 years of experience in the cybersecurity field, performing security assessments and security-related research for government agencies, state organizations and commercial entities.

Thayer holds several certifications and has contributed to the research associated with three publicly disclosed vulnerabilities.  

He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Utica College.

Sieffert started his career at AIS in 2003 as a junior developer and would eventually work for several groups within AIS, including the early Computer Architecture Group, SAE and most recently, Agile Cyber Solutions (ACS).

He holds two patents, one related to Secure Boot processes and one on hypervisor-assisted security update mechanisms.

Sieffert holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Binghamton University, and a master’s degree in computer science from Syracuse University. He recently enrolled in an online electrical engineering degree program.

AIS is a cyber and information security firm founded and headquartered in Rome, with employees located throughout the United States.

AIS provides government and commercial customers with industry leading cybersecurity capabilities and services such as research, development, consulting, testing, forensics, remediation and training.

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